Double shot vs a booster shot – is coffee really the best choice?
Coffee is the world's favorite stimulant. A necessary part of life for many people, they can't imagine starting their day without it.
But the caffeine in your morning cup of Joe might have you more amped up than you want to be. Your heart rate will thump, your temperature will rise, and your breathing quickens. That's because caffeine stimulates the production of adrenaline — a hormone that makes you feel energized.
The downside is, once the caffeine wears off, your body suffers a crash. You might feel sleepy or sluggish or have trouble concentrating on anything but sleep. And if you try to catch up by drinking more coffee, the cycle just repeats itself.
For the average person, this rush is fleeting — it takes around two hours for half your caffeine dose to leave your system and be out of the danger zone, so to speak. But there are some people who don't metabolize caffeine as quickly or effectively as others. For these folks, even a cup of coffee can have dangerous effects.
So while coffee may be an important part of your daily routine (especially if you're a morning person), there are other ways to get your energy boost with less downside!
In this post, we'll look at some of the healthiest caffeine alternatives that might be your new favorite pick-me-up drink to start the day. But first, let's look at the risks of consuming too much Caffeine.
Is Coffee Bad for You? The Truth About the World's Favorite Stimulant
Coffee is a morning ritual for so many of us. But before you pour yourself a cup, think about your health. Our favorite pick-me-up might have some hidden downsides.
Here are the negative effects of Coffee:
Raises blood pressure and heart rate
Caffeine can cause your blood pressure and heart rate to increase. If you already have high blood pressure, this change may exacerbate the condition and put you at risk for a heart attack or stroke.
Increases acid levels in your stomach:
Caffeine can make your stomach produce more acid, which may lead to heartburn and indigestion if you already have ulcers.
Increases cholesterol levels:
Coffee (and caffeine) has been known to increase cholesterol levels, especially the "bad" type (LDL). This can be especially concerning if you already have high cholesterol.
Makes you anxious or moody
If you're an "anxious" person, coffee can make your worries even worse for a few hours after you drink it (until the caffeine wears off). However, caffeine can also increase your attention span.
Caffeine might also make you moody if you're having trouble sleeping. It can help prevent sleep because it stays in your system longer than other stimulants like sugar and nicotine (which are out of your system within an hour).
Increases risk of early miscarriage during pregnancy
Caffeine is transmitted to your baby through your bloodstream. Too much caffeine can also cause contractions, making it harder for your blood to flow freely to the placenta. Even if you're not actually feeling jittery or anxious, having more than 200 mg of caffeine a day could be doing just that to your little one.
Decreases bone density
Drinking more than four cups of coffee a day could be weakening your bones. That's because caffeine interferes with the way your body absorbs calcium and vitamin D — two very important nutrients that strengthen bones.
Drinking Coffee on an Empty Stomach?
Might Not be the best thing to do.
So you might be wondering, is it really so bad to drink coffee on an empty stomach? The answer is: yes, it can be.
When you drink coffee on an empty stomach, the caffeine is absorbed into your bloodstream faster than if you had eaten something first. And since your stomach is empty, the coffee can irritate your stomach lining and cause nausea and vomiting.
So before you reach for that cup of coffee in the morning, think about what you're doing. It might be best to wait until you've had something to eat, even if it's just something small like a couple of pieces of toast or half a bagel.
Healthier alternatives to Coffee? Why not Booster shots?
If you're looking for a way to get your energy boost without all of the negative side effects, you might want to try switching to a healthier alternative. Ginger and turmeric are two great options that have lots of health benefits.
- Boosted energy: ginger has a compound called 6-gingerol that can help boost blood circulation and increase the oxygen your cells get.
- Happy mind: ginger is also a great anti-inflammatory, which can make you feel calmer and happier.
- Boosted metabolism: as an anti-inflammatory, ginger can help prevent weight gain.
- Boosted immunity: turmeric has curcumin, which increases the activity of natural killer cells in your body — part of your immune system's defense system.
- Better digestion: turmeric can also help with bloating, indigestion, and even heartburn.
- Increase focus: turmeric has been shown to improve memory and learning, which can make it easier to be productive throughout the day.
- Sleeping better: if you suffer from insomnia or other sleep problems, there's a good chance that turmeric could help — it's been shown to reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality.
Here's how to start your morning on a healthier note with these morning boosters:
Turmeric is a great option if you're looking for an energy booster that also has anti-inflammatory properties. It also tends to be less stimulating than coffee, so it's easier to drink lots of it without feeling overstimulated.
Turmeric can also give you the energy boost you're looking for, without putting your heart and circulatory system at risk. It also doesn't cause anxiety and restlessness like coffee can — in fact, it might even help relieve those side effects.
Ginger is a great alternative to caffeine if you're looking for something that's naturally sweet and helps reduce nausea. It can also help you relax, improve digestion, and relieve pain.
Ginger is much easier on the stomach than coffee— in fact, it's even soothing for upset stomachs. If you have indigestion after drinking coffee or if your belly feels irritated after sipping on some hot tea, ginger could be a good alternative.
CPRESS booster shots: Give You Energy- without the jitters
At CPRESS, we use ginger, turmeric, and pepper together in our morning booster shot. We've combined their benefits to give you an energy boost that's healthier for your body than coffee while also giving you the mental clarity you need to be more productive throughout the day.
If you're looking for natural alternatives to caffeine that won't leave you feeling jittery, tired, irritable, bloated, or anxious, a CPRESS shot could be a great choice.
This article was contributed by Sarra Turki
PS: "This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.”